Guardiola Sets Sights On Arsenal Defender

Guardiola Sets Sights On Arsenal Defender

Laurent Koscielny suffered from a lack of form in the first half of the season, but has recently established himself back in Wenger’s first team. He joined the Gunners in the summer of 2010 and has improved each season.

Wenger has a bucket-load of money to rebuild his squad and is also planning a summer cull to make way for new additions. One name not expected to leave the Gunners is Frenchman Koscielny, who signed a new four-year contract with the Gunners only last summer.

However, Wenger would need all of his negotiation skills to convince the France international to stay at the Emirates with Bayern Munich knocking on the door. According to DailyMail, the Bundesliga Champions have made the Gunners centre-back their number one defensive transfer target, as Guardiola prepares to take over from Jupp Heynckes next season.

Daniel van Buyten, who starts regularly for Bayern, is expected to leave once his contract expires at the end of the season. And former Barcelona manager, Guardiola wants to increase his defensive options for next season, even though they have, by far, the best defence in the league, having conceded only 13 league goals all season.

Guardiola is a keen admirer of Koscielny and even tried to snap him up during his final season with Barcelona. The 42-year-old is set to rekindle his interest in the centre-back as he ushers in a new era at the Allianz Arena.

Bayern are also targeting Mats Hummels, who plays for fierce rivals Borussia Dortmund, but no move seems realistic with the clubs already battling over Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski. Koscielny remains the club’s priority.

Arsenal are set to complete their eight consecutive season without a trophy whereas Bayern are the Bundesliga Champions and face the mighty Barcelona in the semi-finals of the Champions League. If and when the German powerhouses come calling for his signature, it is hard to imagine the Frenchman turning them down.

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